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Sactown showdown: Eags prep for NCAA West Prelims

Sactown showdown: Eags prep for NCAA West Prelims

By Taylor Newquist, Reporter

May 23, 2018


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Seven Eagles have qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Championship this weekend in Sacramento after final rankings were posted on May 17. Three athletes from the men’s team and four from the women’s team will represent EWU across eight events, with top 12 finishers securing a place in the...

Season in review: EWU’s outdoor track transformation

Season in review: EWU’s outdoor track transformation

By Taylor Newquist, Reporter

May 23, 2018


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At this time last year, the EWU track and field team sent five athletes to compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships – with only one Eagle surpassing the top 40 of qualifying rankings. The men’s performance in the 2017 Outdoor Big Sky Championships ended with 14 points and a last pla...

EWU sprinters shine at outdoor championships

EWU sprinters shine at outdoor championships

By Taylor Newquist, Reporter

May 16, 2018


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The EWU track and field team traveled to Moscow, Idaho on May 11 to compete in the Big Sky Conference Championships. The men finished fourth overall at the meet, their best team finish since 2013. Senior Jeremy VanAssche helped score 22 points on the last day of the competition, including a second...

Keshun McGee jumps to top of Big Sky

Keshun McGee jumps to top of Big Sky

By Taylor Newquist, Reporter

May 16, 2018


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Sophomore Keshun McGee became the first Eagle ever to win the Big Sky Conference outdoor long jump title on May 10, while also opening the gates to the best EWU men’s team finish since 2013. McGee added to his stellar weekend with a second-place medal in the triple jump the following day, scoring 18 o...

New details emerge in EWU volleyball coaches firing

New details emerge in EWU volleyball coaches firing

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

May 16, 2018


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On March 27, EWU volleyball coaches Michael King and Nathan Fristed were relieved of their duties by then-interim athletic director Lynn Hickey. Hickey, who has since been promoted to the permanent director of athletics role, wouldn’t elaborate on the situation at the time, calling it a “universit...

EWU basketball alumna Ashli Payne continues hoops career abroad

EWU basketball alumna Ashli Payne continues hoops career abroad

By Taylor Newquist, Reporter

May 11, 2018


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Former EWU basketball player Ashli Payne is headed back to Australia to play out her third professional contract, this time in Perth with the Willetton Tigers in the Australia-State Basketball League. Payne graduated in 2017 after two seasons with the Eagles before signing her first contract with the...

Gage Gubrud, EWU offense primed for productive 2018

Gage Gubrud, EWU offense primed for productive 2018

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

May 10, 2018


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After being snubbed from the FCS playoffs in November, the EWU football team has a new motto for the upcoming season: Leave No Doubt. In 2017, the Eagles went 7–4 overall (6–2 in Big Sky Conference) and had the sixth-ranked FCS offense in terms of overall yards per game. Still, when the 24-...

EWU track sets sights on Big Sky medals

EWU track sets sights on Big Sky medals

By Taylor Newquist, Reporter

May 9, 2018


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The EWU track and field team travels to Moscow, Idaho this week to compete in The Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Idaho. The meet is held from April 8-11, with the first two days dedicated to the decathlon and heptathlon. Other events will start preliminary ...

EWU track and field excels at OSU as outdoor season winds down

EWU track and field excels at OSU as outdoor season winds down

By Taylor Newquist, Reporter

May 2, 2018


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The EWU track and field team traveled to Corvallis to compete in the OSU High Performance last weekend, continuing its end-of-season push up the Big Sky Conference rankings. In their second to last regular season meet, the Eagles had seven first place finishes. Sophomore Keshun McGee and senior Jeremy Van...

New EWU athletic director Lynn Hickey’s busy first week

New EWU athletic director Lynn Hickey’s busy first week

By Taylor Newquist, Reporter

May 2, 2018


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Newly hired EWU athletic director Lynn Hickey had a busy first week in her permanent position, addressing personnel vacancies and filling the final spot on the football team’s schedule. The Eagles will open the season at home against Central Washington University, on Sept. 1. “Adding that g...

Defense shines in EWU’s Red-White spring game

Defense shines in EWU’s Red-White spring game

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

May 2, 2018


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For the first time in a handful of months, the Eagles finally strapped up for four quarters of action on The Inferno on April 28. In the EWU football team’s annual Red-White game, which comes at the end of a month of spring drills, the White won 17–0. After an empty possession by the Red, the Whi...

EWU women’s soccer downs Central Washington in spring friendly

EWU women’s soccer downs Central Washington in spring friendly

By Jeremy Burnham, Copy Editor

April 30, 2018


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The EWU women’s soccer team defeated Central Washington University 4–0 in its only home game of the spring schedule on April 28. “Anytime we get to play [in Cheney] on a nice field is great,” EWU head coach Chad Bodnar said. The Eagles controlled the game from the start. Early in the f...

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